LAPC #221: Flower Favorites

If you look the right way, you can see the whole world is a garden.

Frances Hodgson Burnett

Rose Garden, Stanley Park

Ann-Christine’s wonderful challenge this week is an invitation to share our Flower Favorites. You might have noticed that I often feature flowers in my posts. Like my ancestors, I have strong ties to the earth, to the garden, even though I don’t currently have a plot of land to call my own. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

I can’t feature my own flowers, so I’m “borrowing” some from the Rose Garden in Stanley Park. Vancouver has become a second home for us in the summer since our son Alex moved there 5 years ago. Despite all our walks in and around the city, we hadn’t discovered the Rose Garden until this past July. It quickly became one of our favorite spots.

Here are 5 of my favorite photos from the garden this summer, which I’ve “picked” for you. I’ve put them in order of their life cycle, from bud to withered flower.

Why are they my favorites? Roses, those delicate beauties, (#3, 4, 5) were my mother’s favorites, and they always remind me of her. The allium plant (#2) is a real summer treat, and it looks like a giant lollipop. And #1? I don’t know its name but I love its delicate pink flowers and admire them every summer. (Maybe one of our avid gardeners can help me identify it??)

Flowers ask so little of usI They just need some loving care and attention and give us so much beauty in return–a gift from Mother Nature. We invite you to join Ann-Christine’s Flower Favorites this week and share your favorites. Be sure to include a link to AC’s original post and the Lens-Artists tag. If you haven’t seen her gorgeous post yet, you’re in for a treat. Just click here.

Last week, you delighted all of us with your photos for the One Subject Three Ways challenge. Bravo to all of you who participated and experimented with working the shot. Kudos to those of you who went on a photo expedition for the challenge. Looking ahead, it’s Amy’s turn to lead us next Saturday, so be sure to stop by her site at noon to get all the details.

And a final note…. A big thank you to Bren and Ashley of Brashley Photography for interviewing me as part of their Five at Five series. If you’d like to learn more about me, and other photographers and writers at WP–including some of the Lens-Artists, click here.

Wishing you a week filled with plenty of sunshine, good health and inspiration!

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  1. A beautiful post Patti – one cannot argue with the beauty of a rose. A friend of ours won a national prize and had a rose named after her. I had no idea such accolades existed! Loved your birth to death approach on this, very clever. I must admit the poor withered rose at the end really touched my heart.

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    • Hi, Tina. That is quite an honor….having a rose named after her! My mother would have loved that. And yes, that poor withered rose…but it still smells sweet!! Take care and have a good week.

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  2. I always visit a rose garden if I know there is one nearby and I have been to the one in Stanley Park as it happens, though at a time of year when roses are over (September). For me the most important aspect of a rose has to be the scent. Cornwall isn’t known for roses as the damp weather causes blackspot and other diseases and the flowers often ‘ball’ in the rain so they don’t open fully. Saying that I do have five roses of one type or another in my garden here. The mystery plant looks like a Daphne tangutica which is highly fragrant and flowers in late spring here.

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    • I knew you’d know the flower! Thanks so much! Yes, the scent is wonderful. I just remembered I have rose perfume. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€. I am sure your green thumb makes them grow even under less than ideal conditions. I didn’t realize you had been to Vancouver. It is a beautiful spot, isn’t it? Have a good week.

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      • We have various bushes that have lots of flowers but other than that, succulents are the way to go. Unless you water copiously, which is something I don’t want to do in a desert, especially with the drought, it’s difficult to have lots of flowers.

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  3. Roses were my mother’s favourite too, and my father-in-law’s. These ones are lovely but my favourite shot is the allium – the sculptural shape works so well in monochrome!

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  4. I too love the allium photo in monochrome. They are lovely flowers when they are in bloom! I wish I could remember the name of the top one. We used to have it in a garden and I believe it gives off quite the fragrance in the evenings.

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  5. Great take on, Patti! And of course roses are the number one for many of us – yours are gorgeous, even the withered one. There is another kind of beauty in decay.
    My favourite is the Allium though, I have some in my garden, and they are lovely as withered too. I have them in a special high vase on the floor the whole winter. I just knew jude would put a name on the first one – I had no idea!

    Roses, I have some yellow and orange roses and a red clinging one – Flammentanz. I do love roses too. Lucky you having that rosegarden nearby!

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